Vertebral Fracture Relief

Summer CSANews Issue 67  |  Posted date : Jul 22, 2008.Back to list

Osteoporosis often leads to vertebral fractures and chronic pain. If you have been unsuccessful at managing the pain with medication and strength-building exercises, you should consider surgery promptly.

Research has shown that kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, the two recommended surgeries for this disorder, become less effective at mitigating pain the longer you wait. Both procedures, which are performed under general anesthesia and require only tiny incisions, are performed on an outpatient basis. The success rate for eliminating pain with each of these surgical procedures is an incredible 90%.

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty involve the infusion of cement into the damaged vertebra. Kyphoplasty is a slightly more complicated procedure in which a small balloon is pushed into the vertebra and inflated. This props the vertebra up and restores its size, and cement is injected into the resultant cavity. Kyphoplasty has also demonstrated a potential to reduce future vertebral fractures, likely due to the increased stability realized from restoring the dimensions of the compressed and fractured vertebrae.

Don't wait! If you have damaged vertebrae, repair them quickly and save yourself from the pain.